110 E. Walnut Street, Oglesby, IL 61348 • 815-883-3389
110 E. Walnut Street, Oglesby, IL 61348 • 815-883-3389

Regular Meeting Minutes: September 6, 2022

A REGULAR MEETING OF THE OGLESBY CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD ON TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 2022 AT CITY HALL.  THE MEETING WAS CALLED TO ORDER AT 7:00 P.M.

PRESENT:  COMMISSIONERS ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, EUTIS, MAYOR RIVARA, ATTORNEY BARRY AND  CITY CLERK AMY EITUTIS.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY  CURRAN, SECONDED BY CULLINAN to approve the regular meeting minutes from August 15th, 2022.   AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN,  EUTIS, RIVARA.

Public comments on agenda items only:   Rich Baldridge addresses the council and gives his opinion as to why he opposes the proposed ordinance that will increase video gaming terminal fees.  Mr. Baldridge states he had more agreement with the ordinance when it indicated a certain percentage be allotted for the businesses in the downtown area. Mr. Baldridge gives examples of surrounding towns and figures in regards to video gaming.  Mr. Baldridge gives statements about his opinions regarding city matters, businesses, infrastructure, building conditions, etc.…

Lisa Carrico addresses the council and the proposed ordinance that will increase video gaming terminal fees. Ms. Carrico questions why the fees cannot be earmarked for the business district for beautification?  Ms. Carrico states there is no mention of a percentage being earmarked in the proposed ordinance.  Ms. Carrico states that Mayor Rivara did state he would support 50% of the gaming fees being used for downtown projects.  Ms. Carrico also questions having different fees for different businesses and states Oglesby in a home-ruled town, to which the Council and City attorney respond that Oglesby is not home-ruled and Attorney Barry explains that the fees for gaming terminals must be the same.  Ms. Carrico asks the Council to take into consideration the fact that not all businesses are making the same amount of money the truck stops are.  Ms. Carrico gives her opinion about the fees the businesses are required to pay also.

Mayor Rivara states the proposed ordinance is spread out over three years.  Mayor Rivara states he has done research in regards to how much profit establishments made in 2021. Mayor Rivara gives figures in regards to income generated along Walnut Street.  Mayor Rivara states that in over the last three years the City has reimbursed $ 102,823.07 in façade improvement program and has also spent $108,673.02 in improvements to Senica Square and that the city continues to look at ways to bring people to Oglesby.

Mr. Baldridge addresses the council and asks about constituents that have attended the council meetings.  Mr. Baldridge makes mention of the improvements to Senica Square to which Mayor Rivara responds that monies were used from TIF and pillow tax money.  Mr. Baldridge discusses taxes being paid by other businesses.  Mr. Baldridge and Mayor Rivara continue to discuss monies being made by businesses, his in particular.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY CURRAN, SECONDED BY EUTIS to approve bills as presented for payment. AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, EUTIS, RIVARA.     Curran notes that bills that should be corrected are as follows:  3 in regards to concrete reimbursement until receipts are received and Red Flint that was discussed to be paid using ARPA funds.

A MOTION IS MADE BY CURRAN, SECONDED BY ARGUBRIGHT to Approve the consideration of the recommendation of the Planning Commission on a text amendment to the Oglesby Land Development Code to allow “’Freestanding signs” as a permitted use by Special Use Permit in a B-1 Downtown Commercial District and possible approval of that Text Amendment. AYES: ARGUBRIGHT,  CULLINAN, CURRAN, EUTIS, RIVARA.   Attorney Barry gives explanation as to how the proposed text amendment would change things and states that the Plan Commission did make the recommendation to allow for the change.  Commissioner Curran states he was going to vote against this matter due to the fact that on April 18, 2022 other items were sent to the Plan Commission and they have not been addressed yet.

A MOTION IS MADE BY EUTIS, SECONDED BY ARGUBRIGHT to approve the consideration of the recommendation of the Planning Commission on a request for Special Use Permit by Rita Arteaga for a freestanding sign located at 309 East Walnut Street.  AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, EUTIS, RIVARA.  Commissioner Eutis questions that it would be contingent upon necessary inspections, to which he is told by Attorney Barry it would be.

A MOTION IS MADE BY CURRAN, NO SECOND, MOTION DIES.  Commissioner Curran states that the way the ordinance is written he has no issue with, Curran also agrees with setting aside funds for beautification and states that ideas that were presented to the council from business owners were fantastic, but feels most of the recommendations cost money and feels if he were to support the proposed ordinance, he feels the fees should go to the maximum amount at once.  Mayor Rivara states that the city needs to make sure people are coming to Oglesby. Mayor Rivara gives examples of things the city is looking to improve upon (signs, playgrounds, stage, volleyball courts, frisbee golf, murals, etc.)   Commissioner Curran asks what happens next?  Mayor Rivara felt he had enough committed to the ordinance and reminds that the gaming fee must be deposited into the general fund.  $1675.00 is collected annually and 50% of the fees and in cases 100% are covered by the terminal owner to which Mayor Rivara is corrected in that only 50% can be paid for by the gaming terminal owners.  Commissioner Eutis reminds that he could support the ordinance with a percentage being earmarked for downtown.  Mayor Rivara questions Commissioner Eutis ’comment about downtown revitalization.  Mayor Rivara and Commissioner Eutis discuss various towns and their downtown areas.  Mayor Rivara believes money is being spent and Commissioner Eutis comments that even more could be spent.  Mayor Rivara states he doesn’t have a problem spending money has concerns about being mandated to spend a certain amount of dollars.  Commissioner Curran doesn’t have a problem raising the fee to the maximum amount, Commissioner Eutis states he is not in favor of doing so.  Commissioner Curran asks Commissioners Cullinan and Argubright their opinions.  Commissioner Argubright states feels projects will be brought before the Council so they will have control over where it is spent.  Commissioner Argubright states Oglesby has spent no where near what other cities have spent.  Commissioner Argubright feels there is more potential.  Mayor Rivara states no one has a problem with investing/spending money in the downtown area and would like to take things project by project.  Mayor Rivara talks about the different areas of Oglesby that will/may need improvements.  Examples of improvements being considered are given by Mayor Rivara and he states it takes time and money.  Commissioner Cullinan states there is not a lot to offer in Oglesby currently and feels that we need to get businesses to come to Oglesby to rely on their tax money and not gaming money.  Commissioner Curran questions Commissioner Cullinan on how he would like to see gaming monies be spent?  Commissioner Cullinan states it is a rough area and is not aware what businesses are making and does not want to rely on gaming revenue.  Commissioner Curran again asks about how Commissioner Cullinan wants to see monies be spent.  Commissioner Argubright discusses advertising and questions why the city is not doing more advertising?   Commissioner Curran asks for Commissioner Argubright’s opinion and he states “he does not have a say either way” to which Commissioner Curran states he does have an opinion that matters.  Mayor Rivara states monies have been spent from the hotel/motel funds.  Commissioner Argubright feels goals and timelines should be established, otherwise things will not get done (and gives an example of Senica Square taking three years to get done).  Mayor Rivara states that Senica Square was done by city employees and has taken some time.  Mayor Rivara states it is time to move on.

Commissioner Eutis swears in Oglesby’s newest Patrolman, Wesley Budach and gives him the Oath of Office.  Mrs. Megan Budach pins on Patrolman Budach’s badge.

A MOTION IS MADE BY EUTIS, SECONDED BY ARGUBRIGHT to approve a raffle license for the Oglesby Firefighter’s Association. AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, EUTIS, RIVARA.

A MOTION IS MADE BYCURRAN,  SECONDED BY ARGUBRIGHT to approve the request from the Knights of Columbus for a Tootsie Roll drive to he held on September 17, 2022 at the corners of Columbia and Walnut Streets.  AYES: ARGUBRIGH, CULLINAN, CURRAN, EUTIS, RIVARA.  Commissioner Curran states that the current ordinance in place states that requests must be submitted by March 15th of each year.   Commissioner Curran states he doesn’t have an issue with approving the request but is questioning the following of the ordinance and possibly changing it.  Commissioner Eutis states if it is not being followed it should be changed.  Attorney Barry states he has not read said ordinance but states it indicates the limiting the number of Tag Days allowed and does indicate a “must submit by” date.  Mayor Rivara suggests taking a look at revising the ordinance and suggest the council approve the requests submitted to the Council.

A MOTION IS MADE BY CURRAN, SECONDED BY ARGUBRIGHT to approve the request from the Illinois Valley Dolphin’s Swim Team for a Tag Day to be held on October 1, 2022 at the corners of Columbia and Walnut Streets.  AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, EUTIS, RIVARA.

A MOTION IS MADE BY ARGUBRIGHT, SECONDED BY EUTIS to declare the week of September 5th, 2022 as National Payroll Week.

A MOTION IS MADE BY EUTIS, SECONDED BY ARGUBRIGHT to declare the week of September 17, 20222 as Constitution Week.  AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, EUTIS, RIVARA.  Mayor Rivara states the request was submitted by the Daughters of the American Revolution.

A MOTION IS MADE BY CURRAN, SECONDED BY EUTIS to authorize Chamlin & Associates to seek bids for clearing trees in order to complete surveying for engineering designs of future Waste Water Treatment Plant.  AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, EUTIS, RIVARA.  Commissioner Curran gives explanation in regards to the WWTP project and work that needs to be done to the future site.  Commissioner Argubright questions the area that is to be cleared out to prepare for the WWTP and what the estimate is to do so? Commissioner Curran states it is estimated to cost $108,000.00.  Commissioner Argubright states he is surprised by that figure.  Commissioner Curran asks the Council if they want to include the building also or keep the items separate.  Commissioner Curran has concerns about the timeline and states his goal is to keep the project moving along and allow for the most amount of time.  Commissioner Curran believes the City is waiting for Junk B Gone to finish removing the debris from the property.   Commissioner Eutis asks if it will save any money if both issues were handled at the same time?  Commissioner Curran said he cannot answer that.  City Engineer Jim Clinard said the people who clear the trees would not be the same people who would tear down the building.  Commissioner Argubright states an EPA grant may cover some of the costs.  Mayor Rivara suggests moving forward with the tree removal.

A MOTION IS MADE BY CURRAN, SECONDED BY ARGUBRIGHT to approve a policy regarding sewer credit policy procedures.  AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, EUTIS, RIVARA.   Commission Curran discusses the policy and procedure he came up with and discusses the four areas of the policy.  Commissioner Curran gives examples of the new policy that now includes seeding and sod installation.  Commissioner Curran states the policy does not include watering gardens, washing cars, etc.  Attorney Barry points out a change to the policy that should state a resident “seeding” a lawn and feels a motion is in order as well.  Commissioner Curran points out the authority levels of the policy and procedures.  Attorney Barry suggests not adopting a policy that allows someone else to change it.  Attorney Barry suggests it be a council decision.  Mayor Rivara asks if Commissioner Curran wants to wait until the next council meeting?  Commissioner Curran asks Commissioner Argubright his thoughts and Commissioner Argubright is ok with striking the two items in the policy.

Mayor Rivara addresses the council in regards to the number of liquor licenses the city has available and states there are none available.  Attorney Barry explains the manner in which the final two applications came in and that two applicants applied for a packaged liquor store.  The council discusses past discussions on the issue.  Commissioner Curran states he has no problem with a new business that is coming into the city that offers something different.  Commissioner Curran suggests changing the number of licenses to zero so when a new business comes in the city has control over it.  Commissioner Curran questions having more than one liquor store in town.  Commissioner Argubright believes the opening of the store is sue to gaming.  Commissioner Eutis questions if a license can be issued but not a gaming license to which Attorney Barry states you cannot.  Commissioner Curran asks if you can open a license for a specific business to which Attorney Barry states you can and that is where the council is tonight.  Commissioner Curran is surprised that two applicants have applied in one month.

Rick Rigazio addresses the council in regards to the option of a liquor being carried out?  Rigazio asks if any of the existing bars can offer a “carry out” option for liquor.  Lisa Carrico states it depends on the type of license.  Commissioner Curran questions if there is a certain amount of time the liquor license can be held?  Mayor Rivara states there are licenses that have been issued that are not being used because the business has not been opened yet.  Commissioner Curran states he likes the idea of having control over the issue.  Commissioner Eutis does not like the idea that someone can sit on their license for a period of time (3 years as an example).  Attorney Barry states that can’t happen because every year the license has to be renewed.  Commissioner Curran does not like the idea of holding up a potential business.  Attorney Barry states the council would have to meet in order to avoid that.

Old Business:  none

Public Comments:   Lisa Carrico thanks the city for putting on the car show but asks that the city look into making changes in the future.  Examples she cites are ways to utilize the whole business district, setting out the cars differently, placing food trucks on one side and opening the parking lot for public parking.  Ms. Carrico states there was one block at the end of Walnut Street that was not utilized.  Mayor Rivara responds that next year things will be looked at to include everyone.  Mayor Rivara states that food trucks were able to use the electricity in the public parking lot and that it may not be an option in other places.  Mayor Rivara states the date may also be changed as well so the city is not competing with the Morris Car Show or Mendota Sweet Corn Festival and that the cars will be spread out next year and that there are factors involved with getting the cars to attend.

Commissioner Reports:

Argubright: none

Eutis: none

Cullinan: none

Curran:  branch chipping will begin the week of October 17, 2022 and leaf vacuuming will be the week of October 24, 2022.  Commissioner Curran states that well 3 was inspected and there was not a hole in the pipe or basin and found water penetration in one of the electric line approximately 540 feet down.  The pump is to be replaced.  The pump is in stock and ordered.  The stoplight at the intersection of the college was likely hit by lightning and will be flashing for awhile while repairs are done.  Commissioner Argubright suggests removing the light and creating a 4-way stop.

Mayor’s: apologizes for not including Claudette’s when thanking the businesses who supported the City’s Food Truck event.  Mayor Rivara thanks the City Clerk, staff, events committee, city workers and all volunteers who help make the city’s events a success.  Mayor Rivara notes the food pantry will now be locked due to vandalism but notes it will be available upon request.  Food was dumped inside, on the ground and at Senica Square.  On September 11, 2022 at 2:00 p.m. a patriotic municipal band concert will be held.  Mayor Rivara recognizes that September 11th is the birthdate of Oglesby’s Sam Leone of Sam’s Pizza.  Mayor Rivara recognizes Glen Gerard for his pictures and stories about Oglesby.  Mayor Rivara states project and ideas are being looked at on how to bring people to Ogelsby; one example is pickleball.

Mayor Rivara states that Tropical Sno has requested to bring their truck to Oglesby in 2023 and asks the Commissioners for their thoughts on the matter.

A MOTION IS MADE BY CUURAN, SECONDED BY EUTIS TO ENTER INTO CLOSED SESSION regarding 5ILCS 120/2(c)(1) “The appointment, employment, compensation, discipline. Performance or dismissal of a specific employees of the public body or legal counsel of the public body, including hearing testimony on a complaint lodged against an employee of the public body or against legal counsel for the public body to determine its validity. However, a meeting to consider an increase in compensation to a specific employee of a public body that is subject to the Local Government Wage Increase Transparency Act may not be closed and shall be open to the public and posted and held in accordance with the Act.   AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, EUTIS, RIVARA.

A MOTION IS MADE BY CURRAN, SECONDED ARGUBRIGHT BY TO RETURN TO REGULAR SESSION.  AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, EUTIS, RIVARA.

A MOTION TO ADJOURN WAS MADE BY ARGUBRIGHT SECONDED BY CURRAN.  AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, EUTIS, RIVARA.

Amy Eitutis, City Clerk

Regular Meeting Minutes: August 15, 2022

A REGULAR MEETING OF THE OGLESBY CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD ON MONDAY, AUGUST 15, 2022 AT CITY HALL.  THE MEETING WAS CALLED TO ORDER AT 7:00 P.M.

PRESENT:  COMMISSIONERS ARGUBRIGHT, CURRAN, EUTIS, MAYOR RIVARA, ATTORNEY BARRY AND  CITY CLERK AMY EITUTIS.   ABSENT: CULLINAN

A MOTION WAS MADE BY  CURRAN, SECONDED BY ARGUBRIGHT to approve the regular meeting minutes from July 18, 2022.   AYES: ARGUBRIGHT,  CURRAN,  RIVARA.  NAYS: EUTIS  ABSENT: CULLINAN.  Mayor Rivara states the minutes reflect that he could support 50% of the funding for gaming funds to be spent on Walnut Street and states that he doesn’t hear that or possibly misspoke and cannot support that because gaming fees have to deposited into the general fund and to do anything else would have to come out of the hotel/motel tax or TIF funds and cannot commit the council to do so.  Mayor Rivara states that on page 2, there is an error and the residents do not want an exit to the alley.  Mayor Rivara states that on page 3, in regards to offering sewer credits and states that nothing was agreed to.  Mayor Rivara states that on the last page the 50/50 was to be donated to CABO and it is to be donated to the Oglesby Way and that Bulldog’s sold tickets.   After the noted corrections Mayor Rivara asks for a motion to approve the minutes.  Commissioner Eutis questions with the corrections and states he does not agree with the Mayor because he recalls that Mayor agreeing with him stating he could support 50%.  Commissioner Curran states he recalls 50% and remembers a discussion between the Council and Mayor Rivara states he did and cannot understand the audio.

Public comments on agenda items only:   none

A MOTION WAS MADE BY ARGUBRIGHT, SECONDED BY CURRAN to approve bills as presented for payment. AYES: CURRAN, EUTIS, RIVARA.    ABSTAIN: ARGUBRIGHT  ABSENT: CULLINAN

A MOTION WAS MADE BY EUTIS, SECONDED BY CURRAN to table the introduction of Oglesby’s newest Police Officer, Wesley Budach.  AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CURRAN, EUTIS, RIVARA.    ABSENT: CULLINAN

A MOTION WAS MADE BY ARGUBRIGHT, SECONDED BY CURRAN to approve the request from Holy Family School for the Holy Family Shuffle on October 1, 2022.  AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CURRAN, EUTIS, RIVARA.  ABSENT: CULLINAN

The Illinois Valley Chamber of Commerce has asked to remove item #9 from the agenda in regards to a donation request in the amount of $2500.00 for sponsorship of the National Walleye Tour.  Commissioner Curran questions why?  Mayor Rivara states there is a mix up regarding the amount of costs.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY CURRAN, SECONDED BY ARGUBRIGHT to seek bids for the construction of a city owned parking lot located at 246 East Walnut Street, Oglesby, Illinois.  AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CURRAN, EUTIS, RIVARA.  ABSENT: CULLINAN. Mayor Rivara states the cost of the lot is $43, 995.00 and 74% of the funding would come from TIF funds and the rest would come from the general fund.  Commissioner Argubright questions why all of the funds cannot come from the TIF.  The City Clerk states she will get clarification on the matter.

A MOTION IS MADE BY ARGUBRIGHT, SECONDED BY EUTIS to request the consideration of a text amendment from the Planning Commission.  AYES: ARGUBRIGHT,  EUTIS, RIVARA.  NAYS: CURRAN  ABSENT: CULLINAN.  Attorney Barry states the current municipal code does not allow for free standing signs.  In order to entertain the request a text amendment would have to be done.  Attorney Barry states the Council and/or Planning Commission are the only ones who can make the request.  Attorney Barry suggests the Council should decide how to handle and that a publication notice would have to be done.  Attorney Barry states a special use permit would have to be done.  Attorney Barry recommends the text amendment be sent to the Planning Commission.  Commissioner Curran asks about the roles of the Design and Review Board?  Commissioner Argubright states that their role is mainly regarding building development.  Attorney Barry states the Planning Commission is the only one that can make the text amendment request change.  Commissioner Argubright suggests addressing all of the requests that have gone to the Planning Commission all at once.  Attorney Barry states that is an option but it will take some time and will push things out to October as he is not here for the second meeting in September.  The council agrees to move forward with the current request in order to avoid delays.

A MOTION IS MADE BY CURRAN, SECONDED BY EUTIS to table the discussion regarding the drainage issues at Heritage and Oakwood Avenues.  AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CURRAN, EUTIS, RIVARA.  ABSENT: CULLINAN. A discussion is held in regards to the drainage issues at Heritage and Oakwood Avenues.  Mayor Rivara reads an email from City Engineer Jim Clinard that discusses issues and estimates the costs to be approximately $17,000.00 plus utility relocation costs.  Mayor Rivara  states this has been an ongoing problem for years.  Duane Staus, HOA President  of Heritage Gardens addresses the council.  Mr. Staus thanks the Mayor for speaking with him in regards to the issues with water/drainage and asks that the issue be taken care of.  Mr. Staus states he does receive water in his basement.  Mr. Staus when the flooding occurs water gets into the homes in the area.  Mayor Rivara states this has been an issue for several years.  Commissioner Curran questions if this has been an issue for several years (through multiple administrations)?  Mr. Staus replies yes and that sump pumps cannot keep up.  Commissioner Eutis sympathizes with the residents but has concerns about setting a precedent to other residents in regards to issues they may have also.  Commissioner Eutis asks what they were to tell the next resident should one come in with an issue.  Mr. Staus believes the fault lies with the City as he feels they would have been the ones to approve the building permits.  Mr. Staus feels it is not the fault of the residents who purchased their home, but with the City.  Commissioner Curran disagrees with Mr. Staus’s statement.  Commissioner Curran believes everything that was approved was up to code at the time.  Commissioner Curran states because there may have been a better way to do something doesn’t mean there was a party at fault.  Mr. Staus is looking for a solution. Commissioner Curran reminds that last year he made a motion to have this issue looked in to.  Commissioner Curran believes there at least four other areas of the city with there are issues.  Commissioner Curran states there is some responsibility of the home owner.  Mr. Tony Stefanelli thanks the Mayor and Commissioner Curran for coming out to look at the issues.  Mr. Stefanelli feels a productive meeting and states the residents are asking for help and feels further discussion is needed and doesn’t feel it is asking for much.  Mayor Rivara agrees there is a problem and that a solution has to be found.  Mayor Rivara understands the concern of setting a precedent.  Mr. Stefanelli feels that no one is finger pointing or bring out legal allegations and is just asking the Council for help with the issue.  Mayor Rivara questions when the townhouses were built and states water was supposed to drain down.  Mr. Scott Stavrakas addresses the council and states there have been extraordinary steps that the residents have taken to avoid the flooding issues.  Mr. Stavrakas states their homes are sitting in a lake.  Mr. Staus states the residents are not looking to have the City to pay all of the costs to remedy the issue.  Mr. Staus states that if there is responsibility from the residents they will work with the City.  Commissioner Curran states the City did pay engineering costs and a city employee also put a pump in place which helped the issue during the rain.  Commissioner Curran is very concerned about setting precedent and gives examples of other areas in town where there are issues and that residents will come forward.  Mr. Staus states that the City has already attempted to fix the issue.  City Engineer Jim Clinard states McPhedran Lake was not built to solve the water issues.  McPhedran Lake was not created to solve drainage issues on Heritage or Oakwood Avenues Clinard states.  Mayor Rivara questions where the water drains from, Clinard responds in back of the Wire Mesh Corporation.  Jim Clinard states the major issue is that two homes were built on the drainage swail and the drain swail has never been rerouted around those homes.  Mr. Stefanelli questions if it is the resident’s fault to which Mr. Clinard replies it is the contractor who built the homes fault.  Mr. Stefanelli questions if it the fault of the City or whoever inspected it?  Jim Clinard states the City does not inspect grading and landscaping.  Mr. Stefanelli states a solution has to reached.  Mayor Rivara suggests tabling the matter and talking with the Commissioners about the matter.  Commissioner Curran opposes that and prefers to talk openly about the issue.  Commissioner Curran states he felt railroaded by the residents and he has to think about all of the other residents.  Mr. Stefanelli states nothing was indicated by Commissioner Curran, Curran corrects and states he felt he was the only one concerned about the costs of fixing the issue.  Mr. Stefanelli states the residents are not opposed to putting money forward to helping with the issue.  Commissioner Eutis appreciates the way it is being handled.  Commissioner Curran stated previous council did not bring the matter up for action and the current administration has taken some action to address the matter. Mr. Staus questions the quotes that were mentioned to which Commissioner Curran gives explanation and reminds that some utilities have not been located and will have to be figured into the costs.  Mayor Rivara states there are a number of ways to handle the matter and wants to come up with a plan to resolve the issue.  Mayor Rivara states that re-routing the electric is not a problem.  Mayor Rivara prefers to table the issue and Mr. Stefanelli agrees there are unknown costs.

A MOTION IS MADE BY CURRAN, SECONDED BY ARGUBRIGHT to place on file the quote for well pump repair from Great Lakes Water Resource Group. AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CURRAN, EUTIS, RIVARA.  ABSENT: CULLINAN.  Commissioner Curran states there are four different quotes regarding the well 3 repair and that the quotes are not 100% apples-to-apples.  Commissioner Curran is recommending going with the quote from Great Lakes Water Resource Group.  Mayor Rivara states costs will not be known under the pump is pulled.

Old Business:   Mayor Rivara discusses the option of purchasing a meter to allow for resident’s to track credit for water use (sod watering, car wash, etc…)  Commissioner Curran states an ordinance is in place that will allow for an outflow meter at the cost of $ 20,000.00 and states there is an option for a mag meter at the cost of $12,000.00.  The mobile spicket meter costs appx. $275.00 and doesn’t feel the council wants to go this route and states the savings is not worth it.  Commissioner Curran states he is considering a policy that will allow for sod installation credits.  Commissioner Eutis discusses re-seeding lawns and options.  Commissioner Curran he is in favor of finding ways to save the residents money and offers to come up with a policy.

Public Comments:   none

Commissioner Reports:

Argubright: none

Eutis:    none

Cullinan: absent

Curran:    next Tuesday replacement of isolation valves on Walnut Street and residents should not see any impact.

Mayor’s:  report the 50/50 raffle was $670.00 and the Oglesby Way will receive the city’s portion of the winnings and Police Chief Doug Hayse was the winner of the drawing.    We Are Oglesby flyer is read by Mayor Rivara who encourages residents and business owners to attend the upcoming meeting and states they deserve support.

Mayor Rivara discusses the inflation Reduction Act and states it will benefit Oglesby.  IDOT has filed a charging station program and states Oglesby has been listed as a potential site and that the city will do everything to get it here.  Mayor Rivara states the stations have to be located 1 mile from the interstate.

Thanks everyone who helped make the Car Show/Food Truck Festival a success and hopes to make it an annual event.

Mayor Rivara reminds residents that August 18, 2022 will be known as “Sunny Jim” Bottomley Day.  Mayor Rivara gives a history on Mr. Bottomley.

Mayor Rivara states a comparison was done from Ameren, ComEd and Oglesby and gives details on each of the bills and how the City of compares.

A MOTION TO ADJOURN WAS MADE BY ARGUBRIGHT SECONDED BY CURRAN.  AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CURRAN, EUTIS, RIVARA.  ABSENT: CULLINAN

Amy Eitutis, City Clerk

Regular Meeting Minutes: August 1, 2022

A REGULAR MEETING OF THE OGLESBY CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD ON MONDAY, AUGUST 1, 2022 AT CITY HALL.  THE MEETING WAS CALLED TO ORDER AT 7:00 P.M.

PRESENT:  COMMISSIONERS ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN. CURRAN, EUTIS, MAYOR RIVARA, ATTORNEY BARRY AND  CITY CLERK AMY EITUTIS.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY  EUTIS SECONDED BY CURRAN to approve the regular meeting minutes from July 18, 2022.   AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN,  EUTIS, RIVARA.

Public comments on agenda items only:  Greg Stein addresses the council with his suggestions for the parking located which will be located at 246 East Walnut Street, Oglesby Illinois.    Mr. Stein gives his opinion as to where the proposed fence should be installed and gives examples of other parking lots that he has information on.  Mr. Stein also discusses his concerns of water run off and sewer.  Mr. Stein discusses his concerns and gives his opinions regarding the set back and fencing.  (Drew Merriman speaks up from audience in regards to the time limit on speaking).  Mr. Stein gives his opinion on Mr. Thompson’s property as well.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY ARGUBRIGHT, SECONDED BY CURRAN to approve bills as presented for payment. AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, EUTIS, RIVARA.

A recognition of Police Officers Jack Barnes and Evan Duttlinger is given by Chief of Police Doug Hayse for  their heroism on an event that occurred on December 29, 2020.  Chief Hayse states the reason for the delay was waiting for the closure of the court case regarding the event.  Chief Hayse reads a letter of special commendation to both Officers Barnes and Duttlinger.  The letter gives details of the event.  (applause from the attendees).  Mayor Rivara thanks both Officers as well.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY CURRAN, SECONDED BY ARGUBRIGHT to approve a raffle license for Lasalle County Democrats.  AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, EUTIS, RIVARA.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY CURRAN, SECONDED BY CULLINAN to table 1189-071822 an Ordinance Amending Section 5.102.010 of the Municipal Code of the City of Oglesby Relating to Video Gaming Terminal Fees. AYES:    Mayor Rivara states that over a 3-year period the fees will be raised to $250.00 per gaming machine.  Commissioner Eutis wants a discussion on how the fees will be used and states he would like to see the Ordinance state that the money will be used for the beautification of the downtown area.  Commissioner Eutis questions earmarking the money for a specific purpose.  Commissioner Curran questions the specifics of the money and wants to be sure residents are aware of the fact that the city does use funds for beautification.  Commissioner Cullinan agrees with giving back a little bit.  Mayor Rivara asks if the business owners would oppose upgrading the parks with the money as an example and believes there a lot of good things the city council could do with the money.  Commissioner Curran suggests that each year as the fees increase the money be used for beautification of the downtown business.  Attorney Barry states the ordinance states it is just to increase the current fees and offers to create an additional ordinance detailing where gaming fee revenue is to be spent.  Commissioner Eutis would like to approve the proposed ordinance to have to added verbiage of where the funds would go.  Commissioner Eutis would approve the proposed ordinance as long as the verbiage of “earmarking the money for the beautification of downtown.”  Attorney Barry states that some of the people paying the fees are not located in the downtown area and feels a different ordinance should be drafted.  Commissioner Curran asks if making it less specific would be better to which Attorney Barry states no.  Commissioner Argubright states the ordinance could be tabled to included the added verbiage.  Commissioner Eutis states he felt he was transparent in his opinions.  Mayor Rivara states he is not opposed to the idea but questions whether the bars would be opposed to other uses for the funds?  Mayor Rivara suggests passing the ordinance with the intention of sitting down with the business owners yearly and hearing their suggestions where the money should go.  Commissioner Eutis states he cannot support that idea/motion.  Commissioner Argubright states next year is an election year.  Commissioner Curran questions if adding verbiage to the proposed ordinance can be done?  Commissioner Curran gives examples of the fee increases.  Commissioner Eutis proposes that 75% of the funds should be committed and that written into the ordinance.  Commissioner Eutis rescinds his previous motion.  Attorney Barry states he needs to know the specific % so he can write the ordinance.  Mayor Rivara states he can support 50% of the funds.  Attorney Barry suggests tabling the ordinance until the council can agree on an amount or percentage.  AYES:  ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, EUTIS, RIVARA.

THE CITY COUNCIL AGREES to let the property located at 663 North Columbia Avenue, Oglesby Illinois go to auction.  Attorney Barry states the taxes on the property were not sold and defaulted to Lasalle County.  Attorney Barry states the county’s petition for tax deed was up on 07/19/2022.  Once the county acquires the property it can be sold to the City of Oglesby for $750.00.  Once the city owns the property they can do as they choose with it.  Individual buyers cannot purchase the property from the county for $750.00.  If the city chooses not to acquire the property it will go to auction in October 2022.  Mayor Rivara states the city will incur costs should they buy it from the County.  Mayor Rivara states there has been interest in the property and believes the best thing the city can do is let the property go to auction and hope someone buys it and cleans it up.  Mayor Rivara discusses a property ono East Florence Street that has been cleaned up and also one located at South Columbia he his hoping gets cleaned up.  Attorney Barry states he received the Order on the South Columbia property today from Mr. Butkus and that will deed the front parcel to the city and Mr. Butkus has until October to clean up the back property.  If not, the property will belong to the city.  Commissioner Argubright questions what will happen to the house at 663 N. Columbia if it is not sold at auction?  Attorney Barry states he will find out the answer to that question.  Attorney Barry believes the county could still sell it but believes it may increase after October.

A MOTION IS MADE BY ARGUBRIGHT, SECONDED BY EUTIS to approve the design for the new parking lot located at 246 East Walnut Street, Oglesby Illinois which will not allow for an exit to the North (alley).  AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, EUTIS, RIVARA.   Mayor Rivara states he has talked to residents and they do want an exit to the alley.  Commissioner Curran discusses houses that are near the area of the proposed parking lot.  Mr. Thompson speaks up and states he does not want to trade any of his property on the East side and that he disagrees with the driveway along side his property and will move his pool if he has to and opposes an exit to the North.  Mayor Rivara states the city would be losing 4 parking spaces if there is not exit to the North.  Commissioner Curran questions if it is worth losing 4 spaces over reminds that Dollar General has a parking lot that exits to an alley.  Commissioner Argubright has a hard time losing 25% of the parking spots.  Commissioner Curran states that there was an option for someone to purchase the land and that didn’t happen.  Commissioner Eutis agrees that 25% of the stalls is a lot to lose but is torn on his decision.  Commissioner Curran reminds a traffic study was done and the amount of traffic was very low.  Commissioner Curran discusses the proposed lot and is corrected by City Engineer Jim Clinard.  Jim Clinard states he shared an alternate design with Mayor Rivara and gives explanation of the design.  Commissioner Curran questions the original plan with existing to the North and Jim Clinard states it is not possible to exit to the North without purchasing additional land.  Commissioner Curran states that changes things.  Commissioner Argubright questions if a fence will be in place?  Jim Clinard states a six-foot fence will help with headlights in the parking lot.

Mayor Rivara states he was asked by a resident about offering a sewer credit for sod installation. Commissioner Curran states that around June 2020 a discussion was held about sewer credits.  Commissioner Curran states every year a pool credit is issued to residents and that when a resident has a running toilet a credit is given for that as well.  Commissioner Curran states there was a discussion about using a mobile device that could be used.  Commissioner Curran does not think it’s a good idea to have a mobile water meter.  Commissioner Curran feels a permanent one that goes underground that residents would have to be purchased would be better. Commissioner Eutis questions the cost ($1,500) Mayor Rivara acknowledges that Drew Merriman has his hand up and tells him he can speak during public comments.  Mr. Merriman speaks…and voices his opinion.  Commissioner Curran states he would be concerned about a mobile device and suggests an outflow sewer meter.  Commissioner Eutis states he is familiar and gives an explanation as to how it works.  For example, a deposit is paid and readings are taking before and after use.  Commissioner Curran questions what it would be used for?  Commissioner Curran states pool credits are given to residents through City Hall when a resident calls in.  Commissioner Eutis is not certain this issue is something the City should get involved in.  Mayor Rivara states a resident questioned why it is done for residents with pools vs. a resident who is putting in sod.  Commissioner Curran feels it would create more work in the office.  Mayor Rivara said if someone can come up with a plan, he is in favor of it.  Commissioner Argubright feels the resident should by the meter.  Commissioner Curran he will look into the matter.

Commissioner Curran states he has several quotes in regards to the well pump but they are not “apples to apples.”  Commissioner Eutis questions the types of pumps being looked at.  Commissioner Curran states submersible pumps are what is being looked at.  Mayor Rivara questions the pump quotes that are between $80,000-$180,000.  Lance Greathouse speaks up from the audience and states there is not a way to know exactly what costs will be.

Old Business:  none

Public Comments:  Greg Stein speaks up in regards to the proposed parking lot.  Mr. Stein questions the exiting to the North.  Mr. Stein questions Jim Clinard in regards to where the drainage will go in regards to the proposed parking lot.  Jim Clinard states the alley is four feet lower than the parking lot.  Mr. Stein states if Mr. Thompson were to file a lawsuit for harm done because the City would not sell him the north end of the property he would support it.  Mr. Stein states Mr. Thompson tried to acquire property and the city squashed it.

Drew Merriman addresses the council and states he spoke with the former owner of MJ’s Pub and states that she “was paying double” for electrical.  Drew Merriman questions businesses that have left Oglesby and encourages the Mayor to promote the town.

Drew Merriman addresses the issue of not charging for sewer in June, July and August.  Merriman states the town is full of cowards.

Commissioner Reports:

Argubright: none

Eutis:    reminds of the First Responder Night on 08/02/2022 from 3:00-7:00 p.m.

Cullinan: none.

Curran:   valves that were previously approved for $131,409.00 will not cost as much.  Employees were able to discover that one less valve will be needed.  An additional 8” valve was also discovered.  The savings will be $37,575.00

Mayor’s report:    The city’s portion of the 50/50 tickets from the Food Truck Festival will be donated to CABO (or whatever the new name is Mayor Rivara states).  There are currently six businesses who have sponsored car show trophies.  They are:  Claudette’s, Illini State Bank, Mercers Rooftop, KC Advertising, Mueller-Prey Funeral Home and Perona-Peterlin Law Office.  Mayor Rivara would like to see four more sponsors.

Thanks the following businesses for their donation to the Oglesby Fire Department for the purchase of a Thermal Imaging Camera: Love’s Truck Stop, Illini State Bank, Zamin Insurance, GTI, American Legion, John Pini Insurance, Eureka Savings Bank, Stevenson Service, BHMG  Engineers, TEST Inc. and Wire Mesh.  The total of $8,095 that was received is enough to purchase one camera.

An ice cream social will be held at the Dickinson House on August 2nd and 9th at 6:00 p.m. with the band starting at 7:00 p.m.

August 13, 2022 will be the Food Truck Festival and car show.  Walnut Street will be closed down beginning at 4:00 p.m.  Alcohol will be allowed in the area (no glass).

An after hours will be held in Senica Square on August 23, 2022 from 4:30-6:30 p.m.  Approximately 20 business vendors will be there.

Suggests a meeting be held with the Planning Commission to revise the ordinance that generators need to be permitted and inspected.

August 18, 2022 will be dedicated as “Sunny Jim Bottomley” Day in Oglesby.

Mayor Rivara states the Commissioner Eutis recommends 75% of the funds be put back into the downtown from gaming fees and he would like to see what else can be done.

A MOTION TO ADJOURN WAS MADE BY ARGUBRIGHT SECONDED BY CURRAN.  AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, EUTIS, RIVARA.

Amy Eitutis, City Clerk

Regular Meeting Minutes: July 18, 2022

A REGULAR MEETING OF THE OGLESBY CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD ON MONDAY, JULY 18, 2022 AT CITY HALL.  THE MEETING WAS CALLED TO ORDER AT 7:00 P.M.

PRESENT:  COMMISSIONERS ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN. CURRAN, EUTIS, MAYOR RIVARA, ATTORNEY BARRY AND  CITY CLERK AMY EITUTIS.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY  CURRAN, SECONDED BY EUTIS to approve the regular meeting minutes from July 5, 2022.   AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN,  EUTIS, RIVARA.

Public comments on agenda items only:     Alan Thompson addresses the council and states that he has no interest in giving up any property located on the East side of his residence.  Mr. Thompson states if he has to move the pool he will.  Art Pavinato addresses the council and states he has issues in that when the contractor demolished the building part of it fell onto his property and believes the property lines became obscured.  Mr. Pavinato states Chamlin & Associates marked with paint the proposed parking lot and believes a portion of it is on his property.  Mr. Pavinato’s other issue is that excess rain is now coming onto his property from the East side (he has had standing water on the West side of his property).  Mr. Pavinato states he has pictures and video of “how close the water came to flooding his basement.”  Mr. Pavinato states that this has never happened and asks if Chamlin’s has a rain water retention plan for the parking lot.  He states rain used to come off the building and run to the storm sewer in the alley.  Mr. Pavinato asks that the property be re-staked and the issue of rain water retention be discussed.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY ARGUBRIGHT, SECONDED BY CURRAN to approve bills as presented for payment. AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, EUTIS, RIVARA.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY EUTIS, SECONDED BY ARGUBRIGHT to approve 2nd quarter building permits in the amount of $624,869.00 AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, EUTIS, RIVARA.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY CURRAN, SECONDED BY NONE to approve  1189-071822 an Ordinance Amending Section 5.102.010 of the Municipal Code of the City of Oglesby Relating to Video Gaming Terminal Fees. AYES: none  MOTION DIES. Mayor Rivara states that over the next three years the fees will raise $100.00 to $125.00, $75.00 to $200.00 and $50.00 to $250.00.  Mayor Rivara states he will take a look at the ordinance and see what is wrong.

A MOTION IS MADE BY CURRAN, SECONDED BY ARGUBRIGHT to approve 1190-071822 an Ordinance Amending Section 5.92.030 and Section 9.16.010 of the Municipal Code of the City of Oglesby Relating to Adult Uses AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, EUTIS, RIVARA.  Mayor Rivara states the ordinance cancels outdated/illegal language that was previously in the municipal code.  Attorney Barry explains that the proposed ordinance eliminates the definition in the current ordinance regarding cross-dressing. Attorney Barry states there are two proposed ordinances.  Commissioner Eutis asks if there is a city that has a comparable ordinance?  Attorney Barry states he found the city of Bellville has one.  Commissioner Eutis feels the existing ordinance is very dated.  Attorney Barry agrees.  Attorney Barry asks the council if they would like a whole new ordinance?  Commissioner Eutis does not want to put a band aid on the ordinance.  Commissioner Curran does not like how the current ordinance is worded.  Commissioner Curran feels a re-vamp of the ordinance is a good ordinance.  Commissioner Argubright addresses the matter of 5,000 feet.  Mayor Rivara feels the proposed ordinance is common sense.  Commissioner Curran agrees it solves the issue of cross-dressing it still leaves a lot of issues open for interpretation to which he gives examples of.  Attorney Barry recommends adopting the ordinance with the two references in it to correct the unconstitutional issue for right now and states he will e-mail the council an ordinance to review. Commissioner Argubright feels they should approve the ordinance and Commissioner Curran agrees but wants to move forward with other issues.

A MOTION IS MADE BY ARGUBRIGHT, SECONDED BY CURRAN to approve 1201-071822 an Appropriation Ordinance for the City of Oglesby for the Fiscal Year Beginning May 1, 2022 and Ending April 30,  2023.  AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, EUTIS, RIVARA.   Attorney Barry states this ordinance has to be adopted the first fiscal quarter of the year.  Attorney Barry states the numbers are put together by Auditor Joel Hopkins.

A MOTION IS MADE BY ARGUBRIGHT, SECONDED BY EUTIS to approve 071822R A Resolution Authorizing the Permanent Transfer Among City Funds AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, EUTIS, RIVARA.  Attorney Barry states the numbers are recommended the Auditor

A MOTION IS MADE BY CURRAN, SECONDED BY ARGUBRIGHT to approve quotes for upgrades for parts and resin materials at the iron plant, quotes for recoating the tanks at the iron plants, quotes for EZ valves from Core and Main and EZ valves from UECO.  AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, EUTIS, RIVARA.  Commissioner Curran explains that the City of Oglesby is allowed to use ARP funds to pay for the infrastructure upgrades and suggests using the funds for such matters.

A MOTION IS MADE BY EITUS, SECONDED BY CURRAN to table taking action on the property located at 663 N. Columbia Avenue Oglesby, Illinois. AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, EUTIS, RIVARA.

The council holds a discussion on property located at 663 N. Columbia Avenue, Oglesby Illinois.  Mayor Rivara states the homeowner has passed away and the City can purchase the property for $818.00.  Attorney Barry states there are two different ways to sell the property.  Commissioner Curran states taxes have not been collected since 2017.  Attorney Barry states the property has been sold by a tax buyer and gives further information on the matter.  Mayor Rivara feels the cost of $818.00 it may be worth it to acquire the blighted property.  Attorney Barry states there are two ways to sell the property 1) get an appraisal and then sell it for appx. 80% of the appraised value the second way is to advertise the property for bids, 3x and 30 days before the meeting date where bids will be opened and the council can sell to whoever they want with a 2/3 agreement.  Advertising or appraisal costs would be involved depending on which way the city went with the property.  Commissioner Curran has concerns with taking the property of the tax roll.  Commissioner Eutis has concerns with demolishing the building and the property’s worth.

Mayor Rivara is not looking to pay to demolish the property.  Commissioner Curran questions if no one were to purchase the property, Commissioner Eutis agrees that the city would also “look like the bad guy because they’re not doing anything with the property.”  Commissioner Curran has concerns with  taking the property off the tax roll.  The City Clerk gives the City Attorney the name of the law firm, Joseph Meyers who is handling the matter.  Attorney Barry states he will reach out to the law firm.  Commissioner Eutis would like to table the issue and the council can get more information on the matter.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY , SECONDED BY to table taking action on the proposed parking located at 246 East Walnut Street, Oglesby Illinois.  AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, EUTIS, RIVARA.  Mayor Rivara makes a recommendation to have fewer spaces for the proposed parking lot at 246 East Walnut Street and no exit to the North.  Art Pavinato speaks up from the audience and suggests that cars park facing East so lights do not shine on his house.  Mayor Rivara said the city will look at ways to reduce that from happening.  Commissioner Curran states he would like to see schematics of the proposed lot that does not allow for exiting to the North.  Commissioner Eutis thought there was one shown to the council.  Commissioner Curran states that he has not had much contact about the parking lot.  Commissioner Curran states the engineer did a traffic study and didn’t see a problem with allowing to exit to the North.  Attorney Barry shows Commissioner Curran a schematic that shows 12 spaces, with no exits to the North.  The City Clerk suggests asking the City Engineer to take a look at the drawing.  Attorney Barry and Commissioner Curran  question Jim Clinard about specifics of the parking lot.  City Engineer Jim Clinard answers their questions. Commissioner Curran wants to see the schematic and Commissioner Eutis questions the water drainage issue.  Art Pavinatio speaks up from the audience about the demolition of the building.  Commissioner Curran discusses the “diverted water.”  Art Pavinato speaks up from the audience and says the grade of the gravel is diverting the water to the west, his property.  Mr. Pavinato states the only place water can go is to the NW corner, which is on his property.  Commissioner Curran asks the City Engineer about this issue.  Mayor Rivara states that before any action is taken the council will make sure water is not being diverted to Mr. Pavinato’s property.  Attorney Barry states he is certain the City Engineer will address the issue.  Attorney Barry reiterates the parking lot issues.  Commissioner Curran states that he has not had communication from a single resident about concerns with the proposed parking lot.  Commissioner Argubright feels that for what the city is going to spend he is in favor of four additional spots.  Alan Thompson and the Lopatics spoke up and said they did speak up and voice their concerns.  Mrs. Lopatic discussed a parking lot that is located at Memorial Park and asked if the proposed lot can be done the same way.  Commissioner Eutis speaks up and feels that Commissioners Argubright and Curran may not be on the same page.  Commissioner Curran feels they should be looking to get the most spaces possible and acknowledges the residents concerns and states the engineer did evaluate it and did not see a concern and feels the council should try and get as many parking spaces as possible.  Mayor Rivara feels the resident’s opinions should be taken into consideration and states he, personally, would not want an exit from a parking lot eight feet from his house.  Commissioner Argubright states he lives on an alley and loves it.  Mr. Pavinatio speaks up from the audience and states that there are two businesses that have their own property they can develop into a parking lot and asks why the city is taking on the expense?  Commissioner Curran acknowledges that they cannot make everyone happy.

Old Business:  Mayor Rivara states he has a meeting scheduled with the President of the Townhouse Association and hopes they can come up with a solution.  Commissioner Curran states a meeting was held with himself, the Mayor, City Engineer and some of the residents.  Curran states two plans were developed as a result of that meeting.  Curran states he will bring that information to the council once he receives it.

Public Comments  Kathy Fredricks addresses the council in regards to the comment that was made to the audience (by Mr. Pavinato) in regards to business owners being responsible for putting in their own parking lot.  She doesn’t feel he should have made that particular comment.  Mrs. Fredricks wants to make sure the council addresses the “adult uses” ordinance.  She states she was at the event in question and there was no nudity involved.  Mrs. Fredricks gives her opinion on other matters.  Commissioner Curran does not like the idea of the city being involved in matters of policing how people dress. Mayor Rivara feels strongly that the ordinance is outdated and  disagrees with Mrs. Fredricks.

Commissioner Reports:

Argubright: none

Eutis:    none

Cullinan: will be hosting Sub State this weekend at the Rudy Gandolphi ball diamond.

Curran:   a storm on Friday came through and took down three trees that landed on wires and one was so large it cut through the tree wire insulation.  Commissioner Curran gives information on the event and that it resulted in a power outage that lasted appx. one hour.

Discusses the city’s well depth and pumps and states that there are going to be major repairs needed.  There is the possibility of a hole in one of the pipes in well #3.  Commissioner Curran will be getting quotes and passing the information along to the council.

Commissioner Curran states that there are issues with culverts within the city and hopes to have a plan to fix them soon.

Commissioner Curran discusses the matter of sewer back ups that happened on July 5, 2022.  Commissioner Curran states that both pump and the Walnut Street lift station were ceased up and reminds residents to not throw items in the sewer.  Commissioner Curran states the pumps have been fixed and the city will be adding more censoring.

Mayor’s report:    solar site construction will begin in March of 2023 and should be completed by September 2023 and will need to speak with the city attorney on net metering and interconnect agreement.

The city has sent a letter to the US Dept of Congress in support of IVCC annexing into to the city which will include obtaining sewer, water and electric services.

A car show/food truck festival will be held on August 13, 2022.  There will be music in Senica Square.  There will be no beer garden provided but the city will allow for open alcohol as long as there is no glass.  Walnut Street will be closed from 4:00-8:00 p.m. and music will be from 7:00-10:00.  A $100.00 trophy sponsorship is available for businesses.

The IVAC will host an After Hours on August 23, 2022 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. in Senica Square.  Approximately 20 vendors will be there.

An ice cream social will be held at the Dickinson House on August 2nd and 9th at 6:00 p.m. with the band starting at 7:00 p.m.

Mayor Rivara asks Commissioners Cullinan and Eutis to meet with him.

A MOTION TO ADJOURN WAS MADE BY ARGUBRIGHT SECONDED BY CURRAN.  AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, EUTIS, RIVARA.

Amy Eitutis, City Clerk

Regular Meeting Minutes: July 5, 2022

A REGULAR MEETING OF THE OGLESBY CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD ON TUESDAY, JULY 5, 2022 AT CITY HALL.  THE MEETING WAS CALLED TO ORDER AT 7:00 P.M.

PRESENT:  COMMISSIONERS ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN. CURRAN, EUTIS, MAYOR RIVARA, ATTORNEY BARRY AND  CITY CLERK AMY EITUTIS.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY  ARGUBRIGHT, SECONDED BY CURRAN to approve the regular meeting minutes from June 20, 2022.   AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN,  EUTIS, RIVARA.

Public comments on agenda items only:    Alan Thompson address the council in regards to the proposed parking lot on East Walnut Street.  Mr. Thompson states he is not opposed to a parking lot being put, but is opposed to allowing a north exit into the alley.  Mr. Thompson has safety concerns and feels there is a risk to his property as well.  Mr. Thompson states he spoke with the Mayor previously about purchasing the property to build a garage.  Mr. Thompson feels there is a way to come up with a solution to this matter.  Greg Stein addresses the council in regards to the proposed parking lot and states that he believes the Mayor is also opposed to a north exit to the parking lot.  Mr. Stein show the council a picture of the property and also states he has measured the property.  Mr. Stein gives details about the measurements and gives a “presentation” about how the parking lot would work without having to exit to the North.  The City Clerk asks City Engineer what his thoughts are on this “presentation”?  Jim Clinard disagrees with Mr. Stein.  Mr. Stein and Mr. Clinard disagree over the issue.  Mr. Stein also suggest have Commissioner Argubright stripe the parking lot.  The City Clerk takes the photo presented by Mr. Stein.  John Lopatic addresses the council about his concerns for the proposed lot and is also against having an exit to the North.  Mr. Lopatic voices his concerns about safety.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY ARGUBRIGHT, SECONDED BY  EUTIS to approve bills as presented for payment. AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, EUTIS, RIVARA.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY CURRAN, SECONDED BY  ARGUBRIGHT to approve bid for various street projects submitted from Advanced Asphalt in the amount of $210,835.00 to be paid using Motor Fuel Tax funds.  AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, EUTIS, RIVARA.   Commissioner Curran explains the bid was 2% over the estimate and his happy with the figure submitted.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY CURRAN, SECONDED BY ARGUBRIGHT to approve  placing on files quotes for upgrades at the iron plant and EZ valves.  AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, EUTIS, RIVARA.  Commissioner Curran states there are 2 main tanks and 1 is currently leaking now and the best quote was $33,268.00 and a second quote of $ 38,395.00.  Quotes are for materials and sand blasting Commissioner Curran states.  Commissioner Curran states there is no cost reduction in getting both tanks done and asks the council how they want to proceed?  Mayor Rivara asks what the best option is.  Commissioner Argubright asks when the second one would/should be done?  Commissioner Curran states 1989 was the last time upgrades were done.  Commissioner Eutis and the City Clerk suggest using the ARP (American Rescue Plan) funds to fund this project.  Commissioner Eutis wants to reevaluate the matter is ARP funds cannot be used.  Commissioner Curran states the amounts from Putnam County Painting would be $ 66,537.20.  A MOTION IS MADE BY CURRAN, SECONDED BY EUTIS to place the second quote on file from Putnam County Painting which includes sandblasting and power coating in the amount of $ 76,790.00 AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, EUTIS, RIVARA.  Commissioner Curran discusses the EZ valves and the costs to the City.  Commissioner Curran said Chamlin & Associates and TEST, Inc. came up with a better and cheaper solution.   Mayor Rivara questions replacing the pipe with a reducer and is told by Commissioner Curran it cannot be done.  Commissioner Eutis has concerns with going with a smaller pipe and how that could affect water pressure/flow if there was a fire?  Commissioner Argubright asks about the costs of replacing the pipe and is told it would cost around $800,000.00.  Commissioner Eutis questions using a 16’ valve?  Lance Greathouse responds (cannot hear his response).  Commissioner Curran states that for approximately $125,000.00 the repairs can be made.  Attorney Barry suggests seeing if ARP funds can be used.  Commissioner Curran suggests placing the matter on file.  A MOTION IS MADE BY CURRAN, SECONDED BY ARGUBRIGHT to place on file quote from Core & Main the costs for EZ valves at a cost of $ 45,409.00.  AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, EUTIS, RIVARA.  A MOTION IS MADE BY CURRAN, SECONDED BY EUTIS to place on file the quote from UECO for the 14” EZ valves at a cost of $ 86,000.00.  AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, EUTIS, RIVARA,

Mayor Rivara suggests placing the discussion for a future parking lot located at 246 East Walnut Street on hold.  Commissioner Curran mentions the option of a turnaround (with angle parking) in the proposed lot.  Commissioner Curran states an additional 8 feet of land to the West would need to be purchased.

Old Business:     none

Public Comments  Mayor Rivara gives a statement about flooding on Oakwood Avenue.  In 2021 Chamlin & Associates were hired by the City of Oglesby to come up with a plan to resolve the issue.  Mayor Rivara gives details on the matter and those that are affected by the flooding and drainage issues.  Mayor Rivara states there has to be a common-sense practical way to resolves the matter.  Commissioner Eutis asks to hear the City attorney’s opinion on the matter.  Attorney Barry believes the City is not liable and that the issue lies with the developer when the property was developed years ago.  Attorney Barry states the City could take a different moral approach.  Commissioner Eutis asks if it could set up the City for future litigation to which Attorney Barry, not necessarily and states the city did not create this problem and also does not legally have to fixe the problem either.  Mayor Rivara discusses a holding pond that was once located in the area and believes that when McPhedran Lake was built that it was supposed to take care of the flooding/drainage and it has not done so.  Mayor Rivara feels there has to be an ethical way to resolve this.  Commissioner Curran states that the city did not have to pay for engineering to come in and take a look at the issue, but they did and it is Commissioner Curran’s understanding that the developer should have “done something different”.  Commissioner Curran has concerns that if the city were to fix this particular issue it would set the city up for future problems.  Commissioner Curran discusses the events where a city employee did go to the area and pump some water out which did help and Commissioner Curran has/had concerns about sending a city employee out to help with something that wasn’t the city’s responsibility.

Greg Stein addresses the council about how high McPhedran Lake rose.  Greg Stein states the pipe under Clark Street overflowed as a result.

MaryAnn Stefanelli (Redshaw) addresses the council as a representative for those that live on Oakwood Avenue and asks that the residents be placed on the agenda for the July 18, 2022 meeting and asks that members meet with the residents prior to the next council meeting also. Ms. Redshaw gives the reasons as to why having the flooding/drainage issues fixed would benefit both the residents and the City of Oglesby.

Scott Stavrakas addresses the council about the flooding and gives details about the flooding and how the water flows during rainfall.  Mr. Stavrakas states every person in his neighborhood wants this issue fixed.  Mr. Stavrakas believes the water is coming in from the swell in the easement. Mr. Stavrakas states there is a drain 100 feet away the water would then have somewhere to go to.  Commissioner Cullinan asks about the water flow.  Commissioner Eutis asks if a drainage tile being installed would help?  Commissioner Curran asks City Engineer Jim Clinard what the engineer’s recommendation was?  (inaudible response from Jim Clinard).  Jim Clinard gives explanation of the findings (to which the Clerk cannot hear on the audio).  Mayor Rivara asks Jim Clinard what size pipe would be needed to relieve the flooding?  Jim Clinard gives information (hard to hear) about the steps needed to correct the flooding issue.  Mayor Rivara questions Jim Clinard about homes built.  Mary Ann Redshaw questions the building of the homes and feels that a city representative should have been able to identify the problems when the homes were being built. Mayor Rivara states he is aware there is a problem and hopes to find a solution to the matter.  Greg Stein questions natural springs, water tables and old wells.  Mayor Rivara states that is not his area of expertise.  Jim Clinard addresses Greg Steins comments/questions.

Mayor Rivara states he would like to set up a meeting with those involved.  Jim Clinard questions members in the audience and asks who is having problems? Mayor Rivara asks for names and phones numbers of residents.

Commissioner Reports:

Argubright:  A $21,694.09 profit from FunFest.  Commissioner Argubright states expenses were up and donations were down.

Eutis:    none

Cullinan:  none.

Curran:  a great meeting was had with IDOT in regards to the Safe Route to Schools program. Addresses the large amount of rain that happened on 07/0/4/2022 and some of the issues that happened as a result of that rainfall.  Commissioner Curran states there is a plan to address issues.  Reminds residents to call the non-emergency number when trying to get help within the City.

Mayor’s report:        Republic Service will pick up some extra garbage due to the flooding.  The city is looking at sites for EV charging stations and grants.  Mayor Rivara discusses copper lines and AT&T.  IVCC is looking to build a new ag center at the college ($350,000.00).  Thanks those that attended the council meeting for their cooperation and professionalism.

A MOTION TO ADJOURN WAS MADE BY ARGUBRIGHT SECONDED BY CURRAN.  AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, EUTIS, RIVARA.

Amy Eitutis, City Clerk

Regular Meeting Minutes: June 20, 2022

A REGULAR MEETING OF THE OGLESBY CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD ON MONDAY, JUNE 20, 2022 AT CITY HALL.  THE MEETING WAS CALLED TO ORDER AT 7:00 P.M.

PRESENT:  COMMISSIONERS ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN. CURRAN, EUTIS, MAYOR RIVARA, ATTORNEY BARRY AND  CITY CLERK AMY EITUTIS.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY  CURRAN, SECONDED BY ARGUBRIGHT to approve the regular meeting minutes from June 6, 2022.   AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN,  EUTIS, RIVARA.

Public comments on agenda items only:    none

A MOTION WAS MADE BY ARGUBRIGHT, SECONDED BY EUTIS to approve bills as presented for payment. AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, EUTIS, RIVARA.   Commissioner Argubright explains that Illini had the best option.  Mayor Rivara asks if this ambulance is replacing the wrecked one to which Commissioner Eutis replies that it is.  Commissioner Curran asks how long before insurance payment will take to receive?  Commissioner Eutis explains that he has talked to the insurance representative and felt the amount offered was low and gives information on other costs of ambulances.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY ARGUBRIGHT, SECONDED BY CURRAN to approve authorization for financing a new ambulance for the Oglesby Ambulance Department at a rate of 3.98% through Illini State Bank in the amount of $230,000.00.  AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, EUTIS, RIVARA.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY EUTIS, SECONDED BY CULLINAN to approve Rules & Regulations f the Board of Fire and Police Commissioners for the City of Oglesby.  AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, EUTIS, RIVRA.  Commissioner Eutis explains what the changes are.  Attorney Barry wants to make sure the Rules & Regulations are kept up to date.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY EUTIS, SECONDED BY CURRAN to approve 1196-062022 an Ordinance Modifying the Terms of Employment for the Oglesby Chief of Police.  AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, EUTIS, RIVARA.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY CURRAN, SECONDED BY ARGUBRIGHT to Approve 1199-062022 an Ordinance Approving a Text Amendment to Section 14-3-1 of the Oglesby Land Development Code so as to Authorize Sport and Recreation, Participant as a Permitted Use in a B1 Downtown Commercial District in the City of Oglesby, Lasalle County, Illinois.  AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, EUTIS, RIVARA.  Commissioner Eutis notes there is an error in the 4th paragraph.  The City Clerk states she will make the correction.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY EUTIS (with noted corrections), SECONDED BY CURRAN to Approve 1200-062022 an Ordinance Establishing Ranks Within the Police Department for the City of Oglesby, LaSalle County, Illinois.  AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, EUTIS, RIVARA.  Commissioner Eutis states there is supposed to be an ordinance in place.  Attorney Barry gives information about the changes that were made and the council reads through the most recent changes within the ordinance and the City Clerk notes that all changes will be made on the ordinance.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY ARGUBRIGHT, SECONDED BY EUTIS to Authorize Chamlin & Associates to draw up plans and provide cost estimates to develop a city parking lot on East Walnut Street, Oglesby Illinois.  AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, EUTIS.  NAYS: RIVARA.  A discussion is held amongst the Council about having vehicles enter and exit from the Walnut Street and the rear entrance.  Mayor Rivara states he does not think it is a good idea to exit to the North as a fence would need to installed on both sides of the exit.  Commissioner Eutis states if there is no exit from the north the city would lose out on 4 parking spaces.  Mayor Rivara and the council discuss acquiring more land around the area.  Mayor Rivara asks Jim Clinard about moving an existing pole to which he is told the pole would not have to be moved.  Jim Clinard gives further explanation about layout of the lot.  Commissioner Curran questions the dimensions of the spaces in the lot.  Jim Clinard gives answers.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY CURRAN, SECONDED BY CULLINAN to approve a request for donation from 9th Annual Cruisin’ Against Cancer event to be held at the Root beer Stand on September 17, 2022 in the amount of $600.00.  AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, EUTIS, RIVARA

A MOTION WAS MADE BY CURRAN, SECONDED BY EUTIS to approve a request from the Starved Rock Runners to hold the annual Turkey Trot on November 24, 2022.  AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, EUTIS, RIVARA

Commissioner Curran discusses the necessary improvements needed at the iron plant and provided the council with issues, ages of the plant and costs involved in the repairs.  Commissioner Curran asks the council their thoughts on moving forward with the repairs. Commissioner Eutis asks if one plant improvement were to be done how soon would the second one need to be done?  Commissioner Argubright asks if the city would receive a better price if both were to be repaired as opposed to one? Commissioner Curran states he will get the necessary quotes.

A MOTION IS MADE BY CURRAN, SECONDED BY ARGUBRIGHT to send pending matters to the Plan Commission for review.  AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, EUTIS, RIVARA.  Commissioner Curran states there are six issues that need to move forward.  Two are for the Building Code/Electrical inspection code, two for the Land Development code and two for the building permit process.  Commissioner Curran gives information on all six of the issues.  Mayor Rivara questions solar use?  Commissioner Curran states there is already a process in place regarding solar installation.

Old Business:    Commissioner Curran discusses the issue of the water mains on West Walnut Street.  Commissioner Curran states there are three options.  Option one: $800,000 for total valve replacement; options two: replace isolation valves only; option three: line stop.  Mayor Rivara states if the valves were replaced the City would not have to shut the citys water supply down.  Commissioner Curran states he will get multiple quotes for the next meeting

Public Comments reads a question “ Does XLand Fitness have to be rezoned?”  Mayor Rivara states it does not.

Commissioner Reports:

Argubright:  none

Eutis:    none

Cullinan:  Thanks Parks & Rec Director JP Rose and the Parks Department and everyone who helped make Oglesby Fest a success.

Curran:   Also thanks everyone involved who helped make Summer Fun Fest a success.

Mayor’s report:        thanks city employees, volunteers, North American Midway, vendors and public who helped make Summer Fun Fest a great family friendly event.  Announces Craig Snyder of Oglesby won the 50/50 drawing for a total of $ 5820.50 and Mike Kristensen won the chain saw carving.  A letter was received from Lorraine Knutson that Girl Scout Troop 1551 has finished planting their pollinator garden at the canoe landing and thanks the troop for their hard work.

A MOTION TO ADJOURN WAS MADE BY ARGUBRIGHT SECONDED BY EUTIS.  AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, EUTIS, RIVARA.

Amy Eitutis, City Clerk

Regular Meeting Minutes: June 6, 2022

A REGULAR MEETING OF THE OGLESBY CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD ON MONDAY, JUNE 6, 2022 AT CITY HALL.  THE MEETING WAS CALLED TO ORDER AT 7:00 P.M.

PRESENT:  COMMISSIONERS ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN. CURRAN, EUTIS, MAYOR RIVARA, ATTORNEY BARRY AND  CITY CLERK AMY EITUTIS.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY  CURRAN, SECONDED BY ARGUBRIGHT to approve the regular meeting minutes from May 16, 2022.   AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN,  EUTIS, RIVARA.

Public comments on agenda items only:    Drew Merriman addresses approving the payment to Republic Services due to the poor service being provided.  Merriman suggests not paying Republic Service for two months.  Merriman suggests a new provider that will do a better job.  Mayor Rivara states a meeting was had the week before with Republic Services and hopes to have the issues resolved within 30 days.  Merriman states that such a lengthy contract should not have been signed.  Commissioner Eutis states that is a problem due to the City being in a contract until 2025.

A presentation is given by Cintas Corporation in regards to centralizing the city’s supplies.  Questions are asked by the Mayor and Commissioners in regards to costs, delivery frequency and contracts.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY EUTIS, SECONDED BY CURRAN to approve bills as presented for payment. AYES: CULLINAN, CURRAN, EUTIS, RIVARA.  ABSTAIN:  ARGUBRIGHT

A MOTION WAS MADE BY ARGUBRIGHT, SECONDED BY CURRAN to approve 1197-060622 an Ordinance Amending the Composition of the Plan Commissioner for the City of Oglesby, LaSalle County, Illinois.  AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, EUTIS, RIVARA.  Attorney Barry gives explanation of the ordinance.

A MOTION IS MADE BY ARGUBRIGHT, SECONDED BY CURRAN to reappoint members to the Plan Commission.  The reappointed members are Rich Greening, Ken Ficek (Chairman) and Jim Morse.  AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, EUTIS, RIVARA.

A MOTION IS MADE BY ARGUBRIGHT, SECONDED BY CURRAN to approve recommendations to the text amendment change to the Land Development Code to allow for participants in the B1 district from the Plan Commission.  AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, EUTIS AND RIVARA.  Attorney Barry gives explanation of the Plan Commission meeting and the changes to be made.

A MOTION IS MADE BY ARGUBRIGHT,  SECONDED BY EUTIS to table 1198-060622 an Ordinance Amending Section 9.16.010 and Section 5.92.020 of the Municipal Code of the City of Oglesby.  AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, EUTIS, RIVARA.

A MOTION IS MADE BY EUTIS, SECONDED BY CURRAN to recommend to the Fire and Police Board for the hiring of a full-time police officer.  AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, EUTIS, RIVARA.   Commissioner Argubright questions how many full-time officers with Oglesby Police Department has.  Commissioner Curran believes if it is no cost to the City then the City should proceed.

A MOTION IS MADE BY EUTIS, SECONDED BY ARGUBRIGHT to place on file the purchase of a 2022 Ford F-550 ambulance with a 2012 MedTec Modular box in the amount of $230,000.00.  AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, EUTIS, RIVARA.  Commissioner Eutis explains that this would be replacing an ambulance that was involved in an accident, involving two EMTs and a patient that was being transferred.  The driver of the other vehicle was issued citations.  Commissioner Eutis explains that it cuts down the ability to make transfers which is a large loss of income for the City.  Commissioner Eutis believes the proposed ambulance is the best option to go with.  Commissioner Curran if this is the best option in regards to getting a new one, Commissioner Eutis believes it is as there is a two year wait for a new ambulance.  Commissioner Curran agrees with the proposed option.  Mayor Rivara asks what the city is receiving in regards to insurance, $16,000 is what is being offered.  There is approximately $60,000-70,000 of equipment that should be replaced.  Commissioner Eutis is not happy with the figured being offered by the insurance carrier.  Commissioner Eutis asks Attorney Barry if this matter has to be placed on file or can it be approved?  Attorney Barry states it can approved without being placed on file first.  AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, EUTIS, RIVARA.

A MOTION IS MADE BY CURRAN, SECONDED BY EUTIS  to Approve changes to the City of Oglesby Communications, Hazards and Outages Plan v1.1.  AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, EUTIS, RIVARA.  Commissioner Curran explains that the item to be added to the Plan is the ability to activate a cooling center within the City.

A MOTION IS MADE BY CURRAN, SECONDED BY EUTIS to approve the City’s plan for load shedding.  AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, EUTIS, RIVARA  Commissioner Curran gives explanation of the load shedding plan.  Mayor Rivara states a plan needed to be developed due to the fact that plants have closed.  Commissioner Curran states that all business owners are welcome to come to City Hall on June 13, 2022 at 2:00 p.m.

The council decides to look into the matter by meeting with each individual department to see what the needs are to see if it is with pursuing the matter further.  Commissioner Eutis states he will take charge of the matter.

Old Business:   Mayor Rivara addresses the previous issue of the road that Bob Marincic is offering to the city.  Commissioner Curran states that making the road, in the condition it is a usable street would cost too much.  Curran states if that were not the case then he believes it would be a benefit to the city.  Mayor Rivara says he will pass the information along to Mr. Marincic.

Commissioner Curran discusses other items that are being forwarded to the Plan Commission, specifically adding the sidewalk requirement to the building permit process, homeowners marking where fences will be when building.  Attorney Barry states he will need clear information in order to get the correct publishing made.  Mayor Rivara questions Attorney Barry about a resident who refuses to move their fence and asks what leverage the City has?  Attorney Barry states that said resident has called him regarding this matter.  Commissioner Curran gives information regarding that specific matter.  Attorney Barry states that the city with have to talk to the landowners to get the matter corrected.  Attorney Barry states that city engineer Jim Clinard has been to the location and is familiar with this matter.

 

Public Comments: Drew Merriman asks the council if every city employee documents what they are doing hour for hour each day?  Commissioner Curran states his employees are documented for which days they work and how many hours they are working.  Drew Merriman states that he had a contractor tell him that while performing work at the Electric Department all three employees sat on their phones.  Mayor Rivara states that is a serious accusation to make.  Drew Merriman again asks if every employee documents what they do for every hour of every day?  Mayor Rivara states that they document an eight- hour day.  Commissioner Eutis states that what Drew Merriman is saying is hearsay.   Mayor Rivara asks who saw them, Merriman or the contractor?  Merriman states it was an employee of John’s.  Merriman believes every single hour of the day should be documented.  Commissioner Curran clarifies what is being asked?  Arguments continue between Merriman and Mayor Rivara.  Commissioner Curran states that he was trying to answer the question but feels Mr. Merriman does not want an answer.

Commissioner Reports:

Argubright:  none

Eutis:    none

Cullinan:  none

Curran:  notes hydrant flushing within the City is finished.  The city did not receive funding for the Rebuild Illinois Grant.  Commissioner Curran expresses his disappointed in the results and how long it took to get the results.  Commissioner Curran states that Lance Greathouse and Chamlin Engineering are coming up with other solutions to the issues on West Walnut Street.

Mayor’s report:      thanks Ax Church for the striping of the city’s parking lot and states that this week 600 man hours were donated to making improvements throughout the community. Summer Fun Fest needs volunteers and encourages the 50/50 jackpot.  A letter went out to the landlords on Walnut Street that notes a meeting will be held on June 13, 2022 at 6:00 p.m.

AMOTION IS MADE BY CURRAN ,SECONDED BY ARGUBRIGHT  to enter into closed session to discuss “Closed Session 5ILCS 120/2(c)(1) “The appointment, employment, compensation, discipline. Performance or dismissal of a specific employees of the public body or legal counsel of the public body, including hearing testimony on a complaint lodged against an employee of the public body or against legal counsel for the public body to determine its validity. However, a meeting to consider an increase in compensation to a specific employee of a public body that is subject to the Local Government Wage Increase Transparency Act may not be closed and shall be open to the public and posted and held in accordance with the Act. 5 ILCS 120/2 (c) (5):  The purchase or lease of real property for the use of the public body, including meetings held for the purpose of discussing whether a particular parcel should be acquired. AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, EUTIS, RIVARA.

A MOTION TO RETURN TO REGULAR  REGULAR SESSION WAS MADE BY CURRAN SECONDED BY ARGUBRIGHT.  AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, EUTIS, RIVARA.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY EUTIS, SECONDED BY ARGUBRIGHT to table 1196-051622 an Ordinance Modifying the terms of Employment for the Oglesby Chief of Police. AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, EUTIS, RIVARA.

A MOTION ARGUBRIGHT.  AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, EUTIS, RIVARA.

Amy Eitutis, City Clerk

Regular Meeting Minutes: May 16, 2022

A REGULAR MEETING OF THE OGLESBY CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD ON MONDAY, MAY 16, 2022 AT CITY HALL.  THE MEETING WAS CALLED TO ORDER AT 7:00 P.M.

PRESENT:  COMMISSIONERS ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN. CURRAN,  MAYOR RIVARA, AND  CITY CLERK AMY EITUTIS.  ABSENT: COMMISSIONER EUTIS AND  ATTORNEY BARRY.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY  CURRAN, SECONDED BY ARGUBRIGHT to approve the regular meeting minutes from May 2, 2022.   AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN,  RIVARA.  ABSENT:  EUTIS

Public comments on agenda items only:    Kathy Fredrick addresses the council and gives her  opinions about why she feels a parking lot is necessary at the East end of town.   Her opinion is that the need is being ignored.  Ms. Fredrick gives examples of businesses that need parking.  Ms. Frederick states she was told by Mayor Rivara that a parking lot would be built.  Ms. Fredrick states there is no parking at the East end of town and asks the Council to consider the need of those residents and business owners on the East end of town.

Charles Cusick addresses the council in regards to his concerns for parking for the axe throwing businesses he is in the process of opening and he agrees that it would be a benefit to have a parking lot at the East end of town.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY ARGUBRIGHT, SECONDED BY CURRAN to approve bills as presented for payment. AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, RIVARA. ABSENT: EUTIS

A MOTION WAS MADE BY ARGUBRIGHT, SECONDED BY CURRAN to table 1196-051622 and Ordinance Modifying the Terms of Employment for the Oglesby Chief of Police. AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN,  RIVARA.  ABSENT: EUTIS.  Mayor Rivara suggests tabling the ordinance until the next city council meeting.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY CURRAN,  SECONDED BY CULLINAN to approve the façade application recommendation from the Façade Committee for payment.  AYES: CULLINAN, CURRAN,  RIVARA.   ABSTAIN: ARGUBRIGHT   ABSENT: EUTIS  Commissioner Curran states he was hoping to modify the program in regards to existing businesses and new businesses that plan on coming to town.  Commissioner Curran would like to see a separation for the two in the future.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY CURRAN, SECONDED BY NONE to approve 1197-051622 an ordinance authorizing the sale of property located at 246 East Walnut Street, Oglesby Illinois as B1 downtown commercial property. MOTION DIES, NO ACTION TAKEN.  Mayor Rivara states comments have been made by residents regarding the matter.  Commissioner Curran appreciates the comments and finds flaw with the statements that were made.  Commissioner Curran questions why when in the past and there were more businesses open was there not an issue with parking?  Commissioner Curran also states a lot with 12-16 spaces will not solve the parking issue.  Commissioner Curran feels a parking lot would be a good idea, but would like to list the lot for 45 days to see if a potential buyer comes forward.  Mayor Rivara states that part of the problem is that there are no parking spaces for tenants in the area.  Mayor Rivara is also not opposed to a parking lot and understands the needs but also agrees in the need to put the lot up for sale.  Mayor Rivara states the City has the right to refuse the bids for any reason.  Commissioner Argubright asks what the sale price would be?  And if a realtor will be used?  Commissioner Argubright states he feels it would not be worth it to sell it and agrees with the need for a parking lot.  Commissioner Curran states there is no harm with listing the lot for 45 days.  Mayor Rivara believes by listing the property it will satisfy both needs about listing the property and if it doesn’t sell, they can move forward with a parking lot.  City engineer Jim Clinard states there would be approximately 12-16 parking spots once built.

George Cullinan addresses the council with his concerns regarding the proposed parking lot.  Mr. Cullinan states that there is an issue regarding those that live in the East side of town versus those that live on the West side of town.  Mr. Cullinan believes it has nothing to do with economics that “everything goes west of Dale Street.”  Mr. Cullinan states it is a matter of principle.  Mayor Rivara agrees with Mr. Cullinan.

Commissioner Curran that once 45 days have passed and no offers have come forth that the City should look at the options for a parking lot.  Commissioner Argubright feels by announcing it at a council meeting earlier that should serve as publishing the lot for sale.  Commissioner Curran questions that and is told it was just made public by a news article.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY ARGUBRIGHT, SECONDED BY CURRAN to approve the purchase of a squad car for the Oglesby Police Department.  AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN,  RIVARA.  ABSENT: EUTIS

A MOTION WAS MADE BY CURRAN, SECONDED BY ARGUBRIGHT to approve and set IMEA Electric Efficiency Program usages for year 2022.  AYES: ARGUBRIHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, RIVARA.  ABSENT: EUTIS  Commissioner Curran states last year the City set aside $16,000.00  and $7000.00 for businesses.  The companies took out applications and one applied but then decided against it.  Commissioner Curran recommends setting aside $8000.00 and if is not used within 90 the City will use all of the funds for the lighting program.  Mayor Rivara states that for every light that is replaced the city saves 40%.

A MOTION IS MADE BY CURRAN, SECONDED BY ARGUBRIGHT to table the discussion to central purchases for the City.  AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, RIVARA.  ABSENT: EUTIS

Old Business:   Commissioner Curran would like to get the plan for load shedding approved at the next council meeting.

Public Comments: Charles Cusick addresses the council in regards to the zoning for the future axe throwing business.  Commissioner Curran believes the council agreed to send the matter to the Zoning Committee.  Mr. Cusick asks if there is a time when it will be done as he would like to open by the time Summer Fun Fest happens in June and would like to have his business open by then.  Mayor Rivrara believes the matter will be squared away by then.

George Cullinan asks if the City of Oglesby has any input with Comcast?  Mr. Cullinan has issues with the programming packages and asks if the city can get a meeting with the company?  Mayor Rivara states he has a number and will reach out to the company.

Commissioner Reports:

Argubright:  none

Eutis:    absent

Cullinan:  LP Cavaliers will be hosting the IHSA baseball tournament on 05/25/2022 and the championship game will be played on 05/28/2022.

Curran:      hydrant flushing will begin on May 31, 2022 and will run until June 3, 2022.  The Electric Department has several things happening behind the scenes:  2nd feed, solar sights, EV charging stations and a cooling center at City Hall.

Mayor’s report:      announces the accident with the Ambulance Department and gives details of the accident.  Complaints have been made about golf carts/dirt bikes/etc and reminds that owners will be ticketed.  Mayor Rivara asks for volunteers for Summer Fun Fest and reminds residents of the 50/50 drawing.  Mayor Rivara thanks GTI for their donation of $1,000 towards the thermal imaging camera. Mayor Rivara thanks the American Legion Colorguard for their participation for the Mayor’s Day parade and also congratulates Holy Family students for their achievement at the recent track meet.  Mayor Rivara discusses the status of abandoned properties.  Mayor Rivara states those that are tied up in estates take time to clear up the issue.

A MOTION TO ADJOURN REGULAR SESSION WAS MADE BY ARGUBRIGHT, SECONDED BY CURRAN.  AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, RIVARA. ABSENT: EUTIS

Amy Eitutis, City Clerk

Regular Meeting Minutes: May 2, 2022

A REGULAR MEETING OF THE OGLESBY CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD ON MONDAY, MAY 2, 2022 AT CITY HALL.  THE MEETING WAS CALLED TO ORDER AT 7:00 P.M.

PRESENT:  COMMISSIONERS ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINANC. CURRAN,  EUTIS, MAYOR RIVARA, ATTORNEY PATRICK BARRY AND  CITY CLERK AMY EITUTIS.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY  CURRAN, SECONDED BY ARGUBRIGHT to approve the regular meeting minutes from April 18, 2022.   AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN,  EUTIS, RIVARA.

Public comments on agenda items only:

A MOTION WAS MADE BY EUTIS, SECONDED BY ARGUBRIGHT to approve bills as presented for payment. AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, EUTIS, RIVARA.

A presentation was given by Don Bixby from Chamlin & Associates in regards to proposed Waste Water Treatment Plant.  Commissioner Argubright questions why plants are being toured?  Commissioner Argubright feels the relationship between TEST and Chamlin & Associates is an issue. Commissioner Argubright asks what is being looked at when the tours are happening?  Commissioner Argubright asks what the options are.  Commissioner Curran discusses the different plant options and costs involved.  Commissioners Curran & Argubright discusses the different building/use options. Commissioner Argubright has concerns that other options were not looked into.  Commissioner Curran says to retrofit the existing WWTP is not an option.  Attorney Barry said that is not an option, per the EPA.  Commissioners Curran and Argubright discuss alternatives and options.  Commissioner Curran points out that as soon as T.E.S.T Inc. took over the water department for the City of Oglesby and reports were sent in the City then became in violation.  Don Bixby explains Chamlin is ready to move forward and costs will be between $13-$18 million and the plans will allow for expansion as well.  Don Bix by explains that an excess flow/lagoon will be built once the old plant is demolished. Commissioner Curran points out the dead line the City has to secure funding and wants to ensure the city is ready.  Commissioner Argubright questions what percentage of people received grant funding?  Commissioner Argubright is not confident in the state of Illinois. Mayor Rivara states the City needs to be in a position to have the WWTP built. Commissioner Argubright questions the capacity and usage of the current plant in regards to the sewage that is being treated.  Don Bixby gives details in regards to the questions and max flow.  Commissioner Argubright asks about the GPD and the need to have a larger capacity.  A discussion is held amongst the council members and Don Bixby.  Commissioner Argubright questions the costs on the engineer’s estimate and asks about the different percentages of the phase of each build.  Don Bixby states that is industry standard.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY CURRAN, SECONDED BY EUTIS to approve the Engineering Agreement for the Waste Water Treatment Plant (WWTP).  AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, EUTIS, RIVARA.  Commissioner Argubright states that six months ago the city should have looked at competing engineering bids.  Commissioner Curran states there were two engineering firms and one is longer in business and states that the City of has to have a plan in place by June 2022 and some of the costs have already been incurred.  Commissioner Curran said an engineering firm was needed to move forward.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY ARGUBRIGHT, SECONDED BY CURRAN to declare the week of May 21-27, 2022 as Safe Boating Week. AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, EUTIS, RIVARA.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY EUTIS,  SECONDED BY ARGUBRIGHT to approve 1192-050222 an Ordinance modifying the terms of employment for the Oglesby Assistant Chief of Police.  AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, EUTIS, RIVARA.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY CURRAN, SECONDED BY EUTIS to approve 1193-050222 an ordinance approving the final plat of the Curtin Subdivision in Oglesby, Illinois, Lasalle County. AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, EUTIS, RIVARA.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY CURRAN, SECONDED BY CULLINAN to approve 050222R and 050222R1 Resolutions for Maintenance Under the Illinois Highway Code using Motor Fuel Funds. AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, EUTIS, RIVARA.    Commissioner Curran points out that there are two separate resolutions.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY EUTIS, SECONDED BY CURRAN to Approve 050222R1 Resolution of the City of Oglesby, Lasalle County, Illinois Authorizing the Mayor and Clerk to Execute an Intergovernmental Agreement Between the City of Oglesby, LaSalle County, Illinois and Illinois Valley Community College to Establish a School Resource Officer Program.  AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, EUTIS, RIVARA.  Commissioner Argubright discusses the matter of rising health insurance.  Commissioner Curran questions the concerns of health insurance and pension. Attorney Barry states the resolution is for “anticipated costs” and that it will be paid by the college.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY CURRAN, SECONDED BY EUTIS to approve the purchase of a new small bucket truck for the Oglesby Electric Department in the amount of $ 149,709.00.   AYES: CULLINAN, CURRAN, EUTIS, RIVARA. NAYS: ARGUBRIGHT.  Commissioner Curran states that Altec is authorized to work on City vehicles.  Commissioner Curran states the bucket truck passed an inspection last year and had concerns about the inspection. Commissioner Argubright said the truck in question was replaced and notes that it was by the prior administration.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY EUTIS, SECONDED BY CURRAN to authorize Junk B Gone to clean up the property located at 314 California Avenue, Oglesby, Illinois.   AYES; ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, EUTIS, RIVARA.  Commissioner Eutis states the clean-up is for the outside property.  Commissioner Argubright asks if he has liability insurance.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY EUTIS, SECONDED BY CURRAN to table the request for street closures submitted by Rich Baldridge for Bulldog’s Bar.  Mayor Rivara reads a list of dates Bulldog’s bar has requested.  Commissioner Eutis asks what past practice has been?  Mayor Rivara states some closures have been allowed for Glen Avenue and even Walnut Street.  Mayor Rivara has concerns about the amount of dates being requested.  Mayor Rivara suggests tabling the matter and requests the bar owner get together.  Commissioner Curran feels it would be good to come up with a number allowed and states there is a cost to the City involved.  Mayor Rivara states he also has to consider the residents in the area and asks that everyone work together to make it a success.  An audience member suggests giving Bulldog’s their first date and then meet again.  Commissioner Eutis asks when the first event is scheduled?  Mayor Rivara reads the dates again.  Commissioner Eutis wants a discussion to be had.  Commissioner Cullinan suggests notifying the bar owners about a meeting to be scheduled.  Mayor Rivara sets the date of the next meeting to be Monday, May 9, 2022 at 7:00 p.m.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY ARGUBRIGHT, SECONDED BY CURRAN to make changes to the Façade Committee members.  AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, EUTIS, RIVARA.

Commissioner Eutis holds a discussion on lateral transfers for the Oglesby Police Department.  Commissioner Eutis explains how the procedure works.  Commissioner Eutis is in favor as the City would not be required to pay for training.  Commissioner Eutis states he will need the Council’s blessing and will also need to meet with the FOP as well.  Commissioner Argubright questions preference points and Commissioner Eutis believes it is only if a candidate has military experience.  Commissioner Curran asks what the negative would be?  Commissioner Eutis does not believe there is a negative aspect.  Commissioner Eutits discusses the Police Pension in regards to lateral transfers.  Commissioner Eutis states he will move forward with the matter.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY CURRAN, SECONDED BY EUTIS to approve May 9, 2022 at 7:00 p.m. as a Special Meeting.  AYES: CULLINAN, CURRAN, EUTIS,  RIVARA.  ABSTAIN: ARGUBRIGHT

Old Business:   none

Public Comments: Greg Stein asks if  May 9, 2022 is a working meeting?  Commissioner Curran states it is.  Greg Stein questions what will be on the agenda.  Greg Stein states he objects to the number of dates requested by Bulldog’s Bar in regards to the street closures.  Greg Stein show Commissioner Curran a picture of the property located at 314 California Avenue and questions if that is where the new WWTP will go and if the property has to be rezoned?  Attorney Barry states the City does not have to rezone property for its own use.

Rich Baldridge asks what the costs are to the city in regards to closing the streets?  Rich Baldrige states the City had paid $25,000.00 to have someone walk through downtown and offer suggestions as to what to do in the downtown area.  Mr. Baldridge states he believes none of the suggestions are being done.  Mr. Baldridge asks what the problem is with asking to close the streets?  Commissioner Cullinan doesn’t believe there is a problem.  Commissioner Curran states the $25,000.00 that was spent by the previous council.  Commissioner Curran also states that plans for the development of Senica Square were changed also due to costs.  Commissioner Curran states it has been developed at a lower costs to the City and is hopeful to see events being held there.  Commissioner Curran discusses the previous street closure request that was submitted by Bulldog’s Bar in that Walnut Street was originally requested to be closed.  Rich Baldridge states the name of the street was a mistake.  Commissioner Curran mentions the concerns for residents located in the area and continues to discuss the possibilities of other business owners requests and states he wishes to be fair for everyone.

JC Phillips addresses municipal code 9.16.010. in regards to the meaning of the code. JC Phillips and states a quote from Mayor Rivara at a previous meeting.  JC Phillips what is wrong an impersonator?  JC Phillips gives his opinions on the municipal code.

Lori Siensa questions how close the new WWTP building will be to her property?  Commissioner Curran explains the design (although not complete yet) of the new WWTP.  Ms. Siensa questions what will be done with the house located on the property?  Ms. Siensa states that there are people and animals entering the property.  Commissioner Curran states the city just acquired the property and Mayor Rivara states the city will handle getting the property cleaned up.  Ms. Siensa asks for a copy of the plans for the WWTP once they are finalized.  Ms. Siensa asks if the road surrounding the WWTP will be closed to which Commissioner Curran states not permanently but possibly during construction.

Commissioner Reports:

Argubright:  none

Eutis:    The Fire Department had 11 responses.  The Ambulance Department had 66 calls.  The City bills referenced the Pork Chop dinner and the misprint of the cost and stated the correct cost should be $14.00.  On May 5, 2022 the Fire Department is hosting a MABAS training at the Canoe Landing and advises residents not to be alarmed.  Donations have been requested for the Fire Department for the purchase of a thermal imaging camera.  To date, Green Thumb Industries has donated $1000.00, a grant in the amount of $3370.00 has been awarded for the IPRF and $100.00 was also donated by Zamin Insurance.  Commissioner Eutis states the costs of one camera is appx. $8000.00.  Commissioner Eutis asks to have an appropriation to be added to the Ambulance Department for part time clothing.  Currently the Ambulance Director is providing clothing out of her personal $300.00 clothing allowance and also paying for clothing out of pocket as well.  Commissioner Curran asks how the Fire Department clothing is allotted?  Commissioner Eutis feels $1000.00 would be enough.  Mayor Rivara states the city will get it taken care of.  Commissioner Eutis state the mold has been remediated from the Police Department.

Cullinan: none

Curran:     reminds residents of available pool credit and tells residents to call City Hall.  May 31, 2022 hydrant flushing will be occurring. Branch chipping is also happening currently (05/02/-05/06/22).  The city was awarded the Safe Route to Schools grant

Mayor’s report     volunteers are needed for Summer Fun Fest, 50/50 tickets are available.  A contractor for the solar project has been awarded and work should begin in a few months.  Discusses the increase in costs and states the city is in a good position and also discussion about load shedding.  Mayor Rivara discusses the cost increase of kilowatts.  Addresses a concern from a resident about the water quality.  Encourages people to support the Ambualance Dinner on 06/06/2022.

A MOTION TO ADJOURN REGULAR SESSION WAS MADE BY ARGUBRIGHT, SECONDED BY CURRAN.  AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, EUTIS, RIVARA.

Amy Eitutis, City Clerk

Regular Meeting Minutes: April 18, 2022

A REGULAR MEETING OF THE OGLESBY CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD ON MONDAY, APRIL 18, 2022 AT CITY HALL.  THE MEETING WAS CALLED TO ORDER AT 7:00 P.M.

PRESENT:  COMMISSIONERS ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINANC. CURRAN,  EUTIS, MAYOR RIVARA, ATTORNEY PATRICK BARRY AND  CITY CLERK AMY EITUTIS.

Mayor Rivara addresses the issue of the gambling ordinance that was tabled at the last council meeting and states that gaming fees will not increase for 2022.  Mayor Rivara states that increases will occur over the next three years in the amount of $250.00.  Mayor Rivara states the council was not aware that the owners of the gaming machines paid for 5o% of the cost of the gaming fees.  Mayor Rivara states a working meeting will be held to determine where and how to use the revenue from gaming machines, possibly towards a scholarship Mayor Rivara states, new equipment at the Parks and possibly tree replacement.

Mayor Rivara addresses the matter of the adult entertainment that was discussed at the previous council meeting.  Mayor Rivara states that bar owners will be cited should “adult entertainment” be allowed in their establishment and reads an excerpt from a previous ordinance.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY  CURRAN, SECONDED BY CULLINAN to approve the regular meeting minutes from April 4, 2022.   AYES: CULLINAN, CURRAN,  EUTIS, RIVARA.    ABSTAIN: ARGUBRIGHT

Public comments on agenda items only:   none

A MOTION WAS MADE BY ARGUBRIGHT, SECONDED BY CURRAN to approve bills as presented for payment. AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, EUTIS, RIVARA.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY CURRAN, SECONDED BY EUTIS to approve recommendations from the Plan Commission in regards to the request from Gary Curtin. AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, EUTIS, RIVARA.  Commissioner Curran explains that Lot 1 will be given to the City and Attorney Barry states he will include that when he prepares the ordinance and both Attorney Barry and Commissioner Curran give further details.  Commissioner Argubright questions the paving of the alleyway.  Attorney Barry states

A MOTION WAS MADE BY CURRAN, SECONDED BY ARGUBRIGHT to approve 2022 first quarter building permits in the amount of $19,500.00  AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, EUTIS, RIVARA.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY CURRAN, SECONDED BY ARGUBRIGHT to approve the underground bid for Clark Street 15KV distribution upgrades submitted by JF Electric in the amount of $289,398.00.  AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULILNAN, CURRAN, EUTIS, RIVARA.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY EUTIS, SECONDED BY ARGUBRIGHT to approve the request from the Oglesby Ambulance Department to sell Pork Chop Dinner tickets door to door during the period of May 1, 2022-June 6, 2022.  AYES:  ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, EUTIS, RIVARA.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY CURRAN, SECONDED BY ARGUBRIGHT to place on file the purchase of a new small bucket truck for the Oglesby Electric Department in the amount of $149,709.00.  AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, EUTIS, RIVARA.  Commissioner Curran discusses the different price options for a new small bucket truck and details of the condition of the current bucket truck.  Commissioner Curran questions if it has to be placed on file first and would also like to spend the money this year?  Attorney Barry states that it does.  Commissioners Curran and Argubright discuss the condition of the small bucket truck.  Commissioner Argubright asks which truck they are looking to buy and how it will be serviced? Commissioner Curran states he will find out by the next council meeting.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY ARGUBRIGHT, SECONDED BY EUTIS to approve 1191-041822 an ordinance Authorizing the Approval of a Facility Lease Agreement Between the City of Oglesby and the Benevolent and Protective Order of Els, Oglesby, Illinois #2360.  AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, EUTIS, RIVARA.  Commissioner Argubright questions what has changed with the ordinance to which Attorney Barry gives explanation and states that the ordinance does not have to be renewed every year.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY EUTIS, SECONDED BY ARGUBRIGHT to place on file 1192-041822 an ordinance Modifying the Terms of Employment for the Oglesby Assistant Chief of Police.  AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, EUTIS, RIVARA. Commissioner Curran asks if has to be placed on file first to which Attorney Barry states it does.  Commissioner Eutis states he would like to go into closed session to discuss the ordinance.

A MOTION WAS MADE BU CURRAN, SECONDED BY ARGUBRIGHT to place on file an engineering agreement for the new Wastewater Treatment Plant.  AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, EUTIS, RIVARA.  Commissioner Curran states Don Bixby from Chamlin and Associates will be giving a presentation on the matter in the near future.  Commissioner Argubright questions rebuilding the existing waste water treatment plant?  And also, if the project can be bid out?  Commissioner Curran gives a history of the steps taken to get to the current state of an agreement. Commissioner Curran goes on to discuss grant application processes and funding.  Commissioner Curran states his goal with the future WWTP is to be “shovel ready” should a grant application be available at the time of the build.  Commissioner Argubright again asks if the project will be bid out? Commissioner Curran reminds that a lot of work has already been done and costs have been incurred already.

A MOTION WAS MADE TO BY CURRAN, SECONDED BY ARGUBRIGHT to place on file 04182022R a Resolution for Maintenance Under the Illinois Highway Code using motor fuel funds.  AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, EUTIS, RIVARA.  Commissioner Curran explains that the City has applied for other grants and that the proposed Resolution would cover the  cost repairs of various streets within the City in the amount of $233,498.08.   Commissioner Argubright questions some of the streets to be repaired.  Commissioner Curran gives explanation of the condition of the streets.  Commissioner Eutis questions the ARPA funds vs. funds available from LaSalle County and what would happen if Oglesby were not awarded ARPA funds from LaSalle County.  Commissioner Curran explains if the city does not receive the funds Motor Fuel Tax money would have to be used.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY ARGUBRIGHT, SECONDED BY CULLINAN to disclose to the public the verbatim recording of its 12/02/2019 closed session except for that portion of the closed session minutes for that meeting that were between the time stamp marker of 20:10 and 30:40.  AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, RIVARA.  ABSTAIN: CURRAN, EUTIS

A presentation of awards is given by Police Chief Doug Hayse and Commissioner Eutis to Assistant Chief Margis, Sergeant Valle, Officer Duttlinger, Officer Barnes, Officer Leininger and Officer Rivara.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY CURRAN, SECONDED BY ARGUBRIGHT to refer to the Zoning Commission a change to table in B1 to include axe throwing and also matters relating to fences and sidewalks.  AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, EUTIS, RIVARA.  Commissioner Curran questions what is included in the B1 table code.  Ken Ficek addresses the Council and explains that the Land Development Code that show the zoning arrangements and states that “participants” is not included in the B1 zone.  In order to approve the recommendation a change needs to be made to the B1 code or the ordinance.  Commissioner Curran questions Ken Ficek about what is included in the code.

Old Business:  Commissioner Curran reads an excerpt in regards to the IMEA

Public Comments: none

Commissioner Reports:

Argubright:  none

Eutis:   gives update on the mold remediation happening within the Oglesby Police Department.  A bid was accepted in the amount of $ 3,750.00 from 360 Hazardous and will begin soon.  The Fire Department received a donation from Green Thumb Industries in the amount of $1,000.00 to go towards the purchase of a thermal imaging camera.

Cullinan: public restrooms are open at the parks, there was a slight delay due to an issue with a restroom at Lehigh Park.  Summer camp sign up will be going live at the beginning of May.  The Mayor’s Day parade will be May 7th, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. and will be held at Sunny Jim Bottomley Field.   A sand volleyball court will be installed at Courtyard park and possibly Lehigh Park this summer.  A pickleball court will have lines painted on the tennis courts at courtyard park. The Parks Department is waiting for quotes to update park equipment.

Curran:    Street Department reminder that chipping services will be May2-6th, 2022.  Reminds residents that street sweeping is occurring and to make sure streets are kept clear.  Hydrant flushing will occur after Memorial Da.

Mayor’s report    looking to schedule a working meeting.

A MOTION TO ENTER INTO CLOSED SESSION WAS MADE BY EUTIS, SECONDED BY CURRAN. AYES:  ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, EUTIS, RIVARA.

A MOTION TO RETURN TO REGULAR SESSION WAS MADE BY CURRAN, SECONDED BY ARGUBRIGHT.  AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, EUTIS, RIVARA.

A MOTION TO ADJOURN REGULAR SESSION WAS MADE BY ARGUBRIGHT, SECONDED BY CURRAN.  AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, EUTIS, RIVARA.

Amy Eitutis, City Clerk

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